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APWU Web News Article 27-2018

2018 POWER Central Region Educational Conference Announced

03/16/2018 - The 2018 POWER Central Region Educational Conference has been officially announced! 

The conference commences promptly at 8:30 AM on Friday, May 18, 2018. It will conclude Saturday, May 19, 2018, no later than 6 PM. It will be held at the Hotel Lumière at the Arch, 999 North Second Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102.

Click here for the conference call flyer and registration form.

Stopping Workplace Harassment

01/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson 

Employees have the right to work in an environment free of harassment or intimidation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines harassment as “unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.”

'A Woman's Place is in Her Union!'

APWU POWER Convention Donates Over $23,000 to COPA

11/01/2017 -

Front row: new POWER Coordinators Bernadette Baker, Tanya Jackson, 
Michelle Boulware, Erica Cole, and Darcy Wood. 
Back row: Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell, 
Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson, 
President Mark Dimondstein, 
and Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy.

(This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson

'A Woman’s Place Is in Her Union!” was the theme that kicked off the Post Office Women for Equal Rights (POWER) 18th Biennial National Convention in Baltimore, MD.

APWU Web News Article 90-2017

APWU Members and Officers Participate in CLUW Convention

09/26/2017 - The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) had their 19th Biennial Convention in Detroit, Michigan from Sept. 6-9. Over 400 union delegates from across the country attended, representing 27 national unions. CLUW is a national women’s organization within the labor movement. Its goals are to empower women in the workplace, advance women in their unions and promote policies that support women and working families.

The Status of Unions in 2016

09/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that union membership has declined across the United States since the early 1980s.

In 1983, more than a fifth of the nation’s workers were unionized. The union membership rate was 10.7 percent in 2016 and the number of workers belonging to unions was at 14.6 million, a decline of 240,000 from 2015.

Members in Action

09/01/2017 -

From L-R: President Joe Cogan, Vice-President Bill Martin,
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Legislative & Political Director Daniel
Cortez and Director of Associate Offices Verna Mathews.

(This article first appeared in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Protesting Health Care Bill 

Members of the Portland Oregon Area Local attended a rally protesting Republican health care legislation on July 6. At rallies all over the country, people protested against the drastic bill that would leave millions uninsured with the slogan, “Kill the bill, don’t kill us.” 

POWER: The APWU Women’s Committee

07/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine)

By Research & Education Director Joyce Robinson

APWU POWER (Post Office Women for Equal Rights), the women’s committee within the American Postal Workers Union, was founded in St. Louis, Missouri on April 28, 1979 and incorporated into APWU’s National Constitution in Detroit, Michigan in August 1980. APWU POWER’s Steering Committee consists of five APWU POWER Coordinators, one from each region, who are elected at the Biennial National Convention and assist POWER committees at local and state levels.